Dan Simpson is a writer, performer, producer, and educator. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is popular, smart, and funny. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; art and geek culture; people and poetry. 

Dan has performed around the world including at Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, and on BBC Radio. He has created five stand-up poetry shows for Edinburgh Fringe, and is the creator and host of tabletop-improv show RPG Quest!. He is one half of Anti-Slam-producing partnership Varjack & Simpson, and hosts and co-produces comedy vs. poetry gig Stand Up & Slam

A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan's first collection of poetry is Applied Mathematics, published by Burning Eye Books - with second collection Totally Cultured due in 2019. He has had work commissioned by Southbank Centre, Free Word Centre, and Corinium Museum, and is a regular chef at The Poetry Takeaway. He was Poet-in-Residence at Waterloo Station for TfL, at Knole House for the National Trust, and Canterbury Roman Museum for the University of Kent.

Dan creates pioneering work using crowdsourced and outdoor poetry for organisations such as the Royal Academy of Arts, National Museum of Scotland, and the European Commission. He is an experienced project manager, co-ordinating literature and performance projects for arts organisations. 

Often working in scientific contexts, Dan has appeared at popular science events and talks. As half of Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson, he creates science-inspired spoken word shows and projects such as Experimental Words - bringing poets and scientists together to create original performances. 

As an educator, Dan is an enthusiastic and adaptable workshop leader. He is the course convenor on ‘Writing for the Spoken Word’ at Canterbury Christ Church University, was a Poet Coach on Apples and Snakes' youth slam Spoke 'n' Word, and is a regular facilitator in primary and secondary schools. He also runs creative writing and professional development workshops for adults. 


“charmingly geeky”
- The Scotsman

”It’s been many years since someone has come to the Green Mill Uptown Poetry Slam and rocked the house. Dan Simpson did so with his smart, funny, and totally non-navel-gazing, masterfully written poems and performance. Thanks for renewing the old man’s faith in the concept and principles he has nurtured for over thirty years.”
- Marc Kelly Smith, founder of the poetry slam movement

“His poems were tight and well thought out… clever and creative, consummately performed”
- Sabotage Reviews

”wordplay alchemy... Simpson wants to show us that poetry can connect with everyone. He takes you by the hand and shines a light into this strange counter-culture that is poetry.”
- Fringe Review